Sprouts recalled after positive
test for Salmonella
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RECALLED; SAMPLE TESTS POSITIVE FOR SALMONELLA
Contact: Jane Larson Office (608) 224-5005 Cell (608) 212-3094
MADISON—Alfalfa sprouts from a Wisconsin-based grower have been removed from
store shelves in the state and in Minnesota after routine food safety tests
on a package of alfalfa sprouts from Jack & The Green Sprouts turned up
positive for Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause food-borne illness.
This contamination is not associated with the ongoing national investigation
of Salmonella contamination of peanut butter products, the Wisconsin
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said in a news
The company, Jack & the Green Sprouts, Inc. is based in River
Falls, Wis. and is recalling
their alfalfa sprouts and alfalfa onion sprout mix from retail stores and
wholesalers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The sprouts
and sprout mix were sold in five-ounce clamshell packages.
At this time, there have been no reports of illness but as a precaution the
DATCP advises consumers to discard any Jack & The Green Sprouts alfalfa
sprouts or alfalfa onion sprout mixes that were purchased prior to Feb. 5.
A credit will be given with proof of purchase receipt. Other non-alfalfa
sprout mixes are not part of the recall.
The bacteria were discovered after routine product testing conducted by the
Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The MDA laboratory has determined that
this is not the same strain of bacteria which has been associated with the
peanut butter investigation.
Jack & The Green Sprouts routinely tests sprouts grown at the facility to
ensure that the sprouts are free of Salmonella as well as Listeria and E.
coli, other food-borne pathogens. The company is working closely and
cooperatively with DATCP and MDA to remove the product from distribution
channels and retail outlets. The company and the DATCP Food Safety Division
are working to determine how these sprouts became contaminated.
For consumer questions, contact Joe Mahoney, Jack & The Green Sprouts,
Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and
abdominal cramps that occur 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness lasts
four to seven days and most recover without additional treatment.
However, in severe cases, medical intervention may be required. The elderly,
infants and those with impaired immune systems are most at risk. Contact your
health care provider if you suspect that you may have symptoms.